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Changing Cancer Mortality

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Over the past half century, UK cancer mortality rates have been dominated by the enormous increase and then decrease in tobacco-induced lung cancer; by the spontaneous sevenfold decrease in stomach cancer; by the substantial decrease in uterus cancer mortality (recently reinforced by the screening programme); and by the high rates of mortality from cancers of the breast and large intestine (both of which have been reduced substantially in recent years by improvements in early detection and treatment). Total UK cancer mortality rates have been falling rapidly since 1990, as have all-cause UK mortality rates. Indeed, the overall probability of death before age 70 has decreased from 1 in 3 at 1975 mortality rates down to only 1 in 6 at current UK mortality rates. Still, however, almost everyone will die before age 100.

This talk is part of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) Seminars in Cancer series.

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